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they spoke us becoming the servants of such masters with pride
and want   of  foresight.     They   felt   that   Brahma   Pandit
had spoken the truth.   Then  they held  secret  consultations
thns ; If the r.nnies of Karnata cross the frontiers forcibly, it
will ^s an outrage on us and the Grajapati.    (Fresh) provisions
must be stored in the frontier forts, and elephants, horses and
foot-soldiers should be sent to protect them, so that this mio-ht
not happen.*   Then the ministers  informed  Yedula  Sahu of
the decision which they arrived at in the council.    When he
heard this, he exclaimed in anger, " Have the Karnatakas ever
crossed the Tungabhadra until now ?    Can Krsnaraya achieve
anything more than  Isvara Nayaka,   Narasa  Nayaka,   and
Vira Sararsimharaya ?" Dondo  Pandit and other ministers
represented:    (Considerations  of)   political morality do  not
affect war.   We must take the necessary precautions, though
it is not known whom &od win help.    Both Nizam ahu and
Kutapana  Malaka sent letters here, as soon as they received
reports   from   Yijayanagara;   and   having  strengthened the
defences   of their  frontiers,  they had (already)  -taken   the
(necessary) preliminary precautions  (to  resist the invaders),
BaliubalEndniiu Brahmayya is ready to send to the mountain
forts on his  frontier provisions, horses  and  cavaliers.    We
must also send provisions and troops to Ikkiri-Basavapattanam
and  (the other places) on the frontiers which are under the
control of Sankara Nayadu, Idikomallu, and Boya Ramappa (?)
The Sultan commanded them to do likewise; he also ordered
them to repair the fort and the bastions of Bijapur, and store
provisions and ammunition in the fort.  For the last ei*ht days
the yarupatyagars of the court have been busy placing big and
small cannon, rocket tubes, toothed stones, fulcrum stones, spike
stones and tigers' heads (on the walls); they have also been
planting upright horse-stones outside the  fort to prevent the
horse (of the enemy) from approaching the walls. Moreover,
I7f      ?*"***t0 ^W*"*"* with instructions to
IT   Si I'1" W^6Ter informatio* *y ^gnt obtain every
day.   All the inhabitants  of Bijapur are preoccupied.   The
people Imng on the. frontiers, having heard of this k (about